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US-Led Coalition Refuses to Comment on Reports of Chemical Weapons Found in Deir ez-Zor

WASHINGTON, November 6– The US-led coalition against the Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia) does not comment on the reports by the Syrian army regarding their findings of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, a press office of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) told Sputnik on Monday.



A Sputnik correspondent reported on Sunday that the Syrian army on Saturday found a car packed with explosives, including chemical substances, in Deir ez-Zor. One of the explosives was marked with an inscription that it contained chemical elements, which can only be used in laboratories. A car bomb was discovered in one of the city’s districts, where two large arms depots were also found.



“Coalition forces and our partners will not speak for the Syrian regime and what it is doing in Dayr Az Zawr,” the press office said. “Please contact the Assad regime or Russian Federation officials to answer your question about this alleged violation of the Law of Armed Conflict.”



The CJTF-OIR added that the IS terrorist group has used “a wide range of barbaric tactics over the past two years, including use of civilians as human shields, use of chemical weapons, use of non-combatant citizens’ homes to use as fighting positions, occupying schools and using them as weapons storage facilities, and converting mosques and hospitals into military bases for terrorist operations.”



“We are working with our Coalition partners to defeat Daesh and prevent them from repeating these egregious violations of the Law of Armed Conflict,” the press office stated.



Syrian media reported on Sunday that a car bomb exploded at a refugee center in a northern suburb of Deir Ez-Zor, killing around 100 people.



The Syrian Armed Forces’ General Staff announced on Friday that Deir ez-Zor was liberated from IS.



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